The 911 Deadline Has Just Gotten Deadly
Hello for 10-2001
By: Mike Lipshultz

Most folks don't know it, but October 1 2001, was/is the deadline for cellular companies to have a system in place to be able to pinpoint and locate cell phones calling into 911.

Until the collapse of the World Trade Center, no cell company in the United States was really expected to make the deadline.  The companies were requesting extensions, and no one was giving them a hard time about it.

But that all changed on September 11th.

The collapse of the World Trade Center showed how vital in saving human life the ability to pinpoint a cell caller’s location could be.

So now the FCC is being told to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and to stop giving extensions and to hit any company not meeting the deadline hard.

The reality is the technology does exist to get the job done.  It's just not as effective as it could be, and it's going to be costly to most companies.

For more information check out:

The National Emergency Number Foundation:

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc

Payphones are not dead.

Another fact driven home by the events of September 11th is that payphones are not dead.  The local phone company in Manhattan is Verizon.  Not only did they open up all their pay phones to work for free, but every phone was in extreme demand.    Payphones are still needed.  Not only for folks that can't afford a cell phone, but for when a cell phone will not work.


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